Jul 28, 2011

Downingtown’s Stone rocks Patterson Qualifier at Coatesville CC

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COATESVILLE, Pa. — A rock solid Roger Stone casted a 2-over-par 73 to earn medalist honors in a Joseph H. Patterson Cup Qualifier at Coatesville CC (par 71, 6,450 yards) Thursday. The Downingtown CC member led a field of 72 attempting to grab one of 16 available qualifying positions and ties for the Championship proper, which is set for Aug. 11-12 at White Manor CC.

 A chip-in birdie on No. 12 (par 3, 219 yards) eased Stone onto the medalist path.

“At that point, I wasn’t sweating qualifying,” Stone said. “I just sort of coasted in. I felt relaxed at that point.”

Overall, the Royersford, Pa. resident carded five birdies and seven bogeys on the undulating track. The par 5s nipped Stone early. He missed the green right on No. 1 (par 5, 500 yards) with an 80-yard wedge shot. Stone stopped a chip at seven feet but couldn’t convert the par try. A three-putt from 30 feet on No. 3 (par 5, 536 yards) put Stone two above the blue. He responded by rolling in a three-footer for birdie on No. 4 (par 3, 165 yards) after a crisp 7-iron set-up. Stone ripped a drive on the uphill par 4, 327-yard No. 7. With a mere 30 yards to the flagstick, he hit a wedge to the front of the green and watched it release to a foot. He tapped in for his second red figure.

Stone then experienced a topsy-turvy inward trek. A low-liner approach shot from 90 yards on No. 11 (par 4, 304 yards) crashed into a mound and coasted to 10 feet below the hole. Stone executed the uphill birdie putt.

“I got lucky there,” he said of the approach. “I tried to trap a gap wedge to bring it in low, but I thinned it.”

  A touch of luck met a tad of skill on No. 12 (par 3, 219 yards).Stone’s 4-iron tee shot came up short of the putting surface. Cue the chip-in genesis of his round.

  Feeling relaxed yet reticent, Stone, 29, bogeyed his next two holes to waver out of red figures. He missed the green right on the monstrous par 3, 222-yard 13th hole. Stone’s chip caught the slope and slid 20 feet away from the cup. His par putt never threatened. Stone failed to get up-and-down from the left greenside bunker on No. 14 (par 4, 428). He calmed the chaos with a birdie on the dogleg left No. 15 (par 5, 533 yards). Stone nearly reached the green with his second stroke — a 5-iron from 205 yards. A delicate chip stopped three feet shy.

  Stone, the reigning club champion at Downingtown, stumbled on his final three holes. A three-putt on No. 16 (par 4, 310 yards) and a missed green on No. 17 (par 4, 436 yards) resulted in bogeys. He thought he overcooked a 7-iron approach from 170 yards out on No. 18 (par 4, 389 yards), so he hit a provisional. When Stone arrived at the green, he found his original ball masked by a bed of thick rough. He chipped on and watched his 12-footer to save par break left at the last moment.

  “I couldn’t get that shot close. The lie was so tough,” he said of the chip.

  Work conflicts prevent Stone, a millworker by day, from participating in Golf Association of Philadelphia events on a regular basis. He hopes to make a mark in its final Major of the 2011 season.

  “I’d like to get a Top 15 or a Top 10,” Stone said. “Whatever could be a potential exemption for the next year.”

  At the end of the day, the cut line settled at 78.

  Thursday’s qualifier was the second of two used to determine who will compete in the Championship proper. Spring Mill CC’s James Bea carded a 2-under-par 70 to earn medalist honors in a qualifier at his home course last week.

Name, clubScores
Roger Stone, Downingtown Country Club73
Nick Iacono, Fieldstone Golf Club74
Sean Coyle, Llanerch Country Club74
Ryan Gelrod, Commonwealth National Golf Club75
Robert Robertson, Philadelphia Cricket Club75
Chris Hunger, Wedgwood Country Club76
John Murphy, II, Wildwood Golf & Country Club76
Reilly Erhardt, Trenton Country Club76
Matt Dietrich, Whitford Country Club76
Christopher Crawford, Spring Mill Country Club76
Cameron Liebert, White Manor Country Club77
Dan Bernard, Aronimink Golf Club77
Daniel Long, Honeybrook Golf Club77
James Gillespie, Wedgwood Country Club77
Byron Whitman, Golden Oaks Golf Club78
Robert Cunningham, Overbrook Golf Club78
Daniel Feeney, Philadelphia Cricket Club78
Matt Hancock, Chester Valley Golf Club78
Bill Civitella, Aronimink Golf Club78
Gary Schoeman, Stonewall78
Failed to qualify
Dewey Burke, Gulph Mills Golf Club79
Owen Brown, Coatesville Country Club79
Joseph Kinsman, Downingtown Country Club79
Matthew Walsh, Overbrook Golf Club79
Michael Carr, Plymouth Country Club79
Chas Hudacek, Glenmaura National Golf Club79
Gerald Bowes, Jr., Whitemarsh Valley Country Club79
Bob Truskey, Jr., Radley Run Country Club80
Michael Davis, Merion Golf Club80
Ryan O’Donnell, Rolling Green Golf Club80
David Fardon, Saucon Valley Country Club80
Jeff DellaFranco, Concord Country Club80
Jalen Griffin, Talamore Country Club81
Kenneth Matt, Philadelphia Publinks GA81
Jim Simmons, Stonewall81
Brett Murphy, Wildwood Golf & Country Club81
Chris Orlando, Downingtown Country Club81
Alex Blickle, LedgeRock Golf Club82
Rand Mendez, Fieldstone Golf Club82
Eric Chipin, Philmont Country Club82
Joseph Dulka, Jr., Bellewood Golf Club82
William Gallagher, III, Honeybrook Golf Club83
Chuck Kraatz, Talamore Country Club83
Alan Lazzarino, Loch Nairn Golf Club84
Tim Godshalk, Whitford Country Club84
Michael Beran, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve84
Anthony Piazza, The ACE Club84
Charles Bernard, RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve84
Zac Robertson, Edgmont Country Club84
David Smith, Doylestown Country Club84
Michael Flatley, Bellewood Golf Club84
Tom Spano, Llanerch Country Club85
Patrick Buckley, Rolling Green Golf Club85
Alex Dupre, Rolling Green Golf Club85
William Breskman, Rolling Green Golf Club85
Joe Frey, Edgmont Country Club86
Tim McNerney, Philadelphia Publinks GA86
Joe Kerrigan, Jr., Llanerch Country Club86
Marty Crounse, Mercer Oaks Golf Course86
Stephen Kelly, Hartefeld National86
Robert Loftus, Overbrook Golf Club87
Zachary Falone, Rolling Green Golf Club87
Mike Miklinevich, Greate Bay Country Club87
Michael Ashcraft, Woodstone Country Club88
George Hagstoz, Riverton Country Club91
Chuck Green, Trump National Golf Club – Philadelphia91
Jon Thomas, Back Creek Golf Club92
John Gosselin, Kennett Square Golf & Country ClubNC
Matthew Finger, Wedgwood Country ClubWD
Matt Brady, Penn Oaks Golf ClubWD
Anthony List, Jr., Llanerch Country ClubWD
NC-no card; WD-withdrawal

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